In passing a new school accountability law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — Congress gave states more latitude to decide how to use federal education funding, particularly in improving schools serving low-income students and English learners. What hasn’t changed is the requirement for nearly all students to take annual standardized tests — and for states to see that schools and districts comply.
At a House education committee hearing, which DeVos didn't attend, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle Tuesday expressed concern about the consistency of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states about ESSA plans.
The potential of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve educational outcomes for all U.S. students could be at risk because of a lack of innovation and courage among states, combined with limited and confusing feedback from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), a leading education advocate told the U.S. Congress in testimony this morning.
How State ESSA Accountability Plans can Shine a Statistically Sound Light on More Students In the NewsJune 29, 2017
Equity-oriented groups that want as many students from disadvantaged groups as possible included in the accountability system, including the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Education Trust, have advocated for states to adopt a minimum n-size of 10, whereas since revoked Obama-era accountability regulations allowed states to choose any n-size up to 30.
In just the last few days two different, well-respected and independent national organizations did something that doesn’t usually receive a lot of publicity. They offered strong praise for Louisiana’s education improvement efforts. So what did those organizations have to say about our education efforts? “Louisiana’s new education plan is one of the most promising in the United States,” said the non-partisan Alliance for Excellent Education.
The Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group that focuses on college and career readiness and low-income students, has looked at Every Student Succeeds Act plan in Louisiana, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia.
National Group Praises Louisiana Education Plan In the NewsJune 26, 2017
An analysis released last week by the nonpartisan policy group Alliance for Excellent Education praises Louisiana’s new education plan as “one of the most promising in the United States,” The American Press reports.
An education advocacy group has rated five states' plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act—and while Louisiana and New Mexico end up look looking pretty good, Colorado and Illinois come out less rosy. The Alliance for Excellent Education, which focuses on college-and-career readiness and students from low-income backgrounds among others, has released "equity dashboards" for those four states, as well as the District of Columbia.
Michigan’s Federal School Compliance Plan Will ‘Negatively Impact’ Disabled Students, Calley Says In the NewsMay 02, 2017
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says a federal compliance plan from the Michigan Department of Education would not "meaningfully account" for students with disabilities and needs additional work before the U.S. Department of Education signs off on it.
Student Advocates Sound the Alarm: States’ ESSA Plans Will Fail the Underserved Kids the Law Was Built to Protect In the NewsApril 11, 2017
The earliest wave of plans submitted by states to carry out the Every Student Succeeds Act are raising stark concerns among advocates that the much-vaunted “guardrails” meant to protect the most vulnerable students might not be as sturdy as they seem.